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Bug Out Bags

Posted by firedefense on May 4, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Bug Out Bags

Already this spring, we have seen disastrous storms rip though our part of the state.  With this in mind, I want to take this month’s article in a somewhat different direction.  While I do stray off the firearms topic from time to time, most of you understand that I always try to write about something related to safety and security. 


Let’s start out with what a Bug Out Bag is.  A BOB can be anything that is easy to haul, and will supply you and your family for up to three days.  A BOB can be set up for longer or shorter periods, depending on how elaborate you wish to get.  I personally have a three day BOB set up, as I have long term supplies elsewhere. 


The next logical question is, what kind of carrier should I use?  For me, I use an old medium size Alice pack.  With that said, you can use just about any kind of bag you want.  I have seen people use a plain old backpack, and it worked just fine for them.  The most important thing to remember is, pick something you don’t mind having just sit around, as that’s probably what it’s going to do until the day you need it.  Again, I preferred to use something that didn’t cost a lot, and isn’t needed in my day to day life.  


Next, let’s talk about what goes into the BOB:

1.      One extra set of clothes for the wife, kid, and myself.

2.      One 4ft x 9ft tarp.  This can be used as a shelter, ground tarp, blanket, anything else you              can imagine.

3.      One roll of heavy duty 55 gallon trash bags.  These can be used as shelters, sleeping bags,          water storage, anything else you can imagine.

4.      50ft of 550 cord.

5.      Photo copy of DL, social security card, birth certificate in a plastic bag.

6.      1 small fleece blanket

7.      2 pack of Bic lighters

8.      Flint and steal

9.      Hunting type knife

10.     First aid kit containing band aids, aspirin, antacid, and also a tourniquet.  

11.     1 box of chewy granola bars

12.     3 bags of freeze dried meals from Wal-Mart.

13.     120rds of .223

14.     100rds of 9mm

15.     Canteen and canteen cup to cook with.

16.     Water purification bottle and tabs.

17.     General purpose survival guide.


This seems like a lot of stuff, but trust me, when you really think about it, I really have the bare minimum to survive.  Again, this bag is meant to get me to more supplies, and is not meant to live out of long term.


I hope you never have to use your BOB, but if the day comes when you do, you’ll be happy that you took the time and effort to put one together.


Until next time, train hard and stay safe!

Team F.I.R.E.

Categories: General firearms and self defense.

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